392 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5363-1
Published: February 2020
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5364-8
Published: November 2019
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Awards & distinctions
2021 Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award, Organization of American Historians
2021 Darlene Clark Hine Award, Organization of American Historians
2021 Mary Nickliss Prize, Organization of American Historians
2021 Tom Watson Brown Book Award, Society of Civil War Historians
2021 John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia
Finalist, 2021 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize
Glymph shows how the Civil War exposed as never before the nation's fault lines, not just along race and class lines but also along the ragged boundaries of gender. However, Glymph makes clear that women's experiences were not new to the mid-nineteenth century; rather, many of them drew on memories of previous conflicts, like the American Revolution and the War of 1812, to make sense of the Civil War's disorder and death.
About the Author
Thavolia Glymph is professor of history and law at Duke University and author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household.
For more information about Thavolia Glymph, visit the Author Page.
"By telling the important, yet often-overlooked story of how enslaved women fought for their rights, and how white women often upheld the status quo, Glymph has written a much-needed account of Civil War historiography."--Library Journal
“Glymph adds to the important new work being conducted on how the war influenced many different groups of refugees and the specific issues they faced. Throughout the volume, she illuminates neglected narratives and provides suggestions on possible subjects for future studies about the lives of women during the era.”--H-Net Reviews
“Glymph’s study complicates and adds nuance to our picture of women’s wartime struggles. The obstacles they faced were as multifaceted and individual as their personalities. Glymph has surpassed previous historians in bringing the individual experiences, contributions, and views of her female subjects, elite and poor, black and white, Northern and Southern, to light.”--North Carolina Historical Review
“Glymph creates a new narrative about women in the war—across race, class, and regional boundaries—by challenging the battlefield/home front divide. . . . This book is a vital contribution to the scholarship on the Civil War because it does not merely illuminate the experiences of diverse groups of women; it also uses that evidence to transform our understanding of the Civil War (and perhaps war) itself.”--The Annals of Iowa
“Broadly considered, this publication deepens the scholarship illustrating the depth of military policy on women, from auxiliary roles to all areas of service today.” –Choice
“In the burgeoning literature on women and the Civil War, The Women's Fight is unique both because of the scope of its argument and the depth of its research. Glymph not only describes how the war affected women of all kinds but also examines their interactions with one another across boundaries of race, region, and class. The result is a fascinating and illuminating account that sheds important new light on America's greatest crisis.”--Eric Foner, author of The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution